BiG Ten Football and Basketball Awards

Following Big Ten football games on Nov. 17, the Co-Offensive, Co-Defensive and Co-Special Teams Players of the Week and Freshman of the Week in the Big Ten were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:

Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
So., QB, Potomac, Md./Bullis School

  • Responsible for six touchdowns in Ohio State’s overtime victory at Maryland
  • Completed 28 of 38 passes for 405 yards, giving him 3,685 passing yards on the season to break Joe Germaine’s school single-season record set in 1998
  • Threw three touchdown passes to increase his total to 36 this season, topping J.T. Barrett’s Ohio State record for passing touchdowns in a season set last year
  • Rushed for a career-high 59 yards and three touchdowns in the contest
  • Claims his fifth career Offensive Player of the Week award and fifth of the season, tying fellow Buckeye quarterback Troy Smith for the Big Ten single-season record set back in Smith’s Heisman Trophy-winning campaign in 2006
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: Dwayne Haskins (Oct. 8, 2018)

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
So., RB, Salem, N.J./Salem

  • Carried 33 times for a career-high 321 yards in a victory over Purdue, the third-highest single-game total in Wisconsin history behind Melvin Gordon’s 408 yards against Nebraska in 2014 and Ron Dayne’s 339 yards versus Hawaii in 1996
  • Scored three touchdowns, including the game-winner on a 17-yard run in the game’s third overtime
  • Now has 3,846 career rushing yards, breaking fellow Badger Ron Dayne’s FBS record for combined rushing yards as a freshman and sophomore and joining Dayne (3,566 yards in 1996-97) and Georgia’s Herschel Walker (3,507, 1980-81) as the only FBS players to tally 3,500 rushing yards in their first two seasons
  • Earns his fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award and second of the season
  • Last Wisconsin Offensive Player of the Week: Jonathan Taylor (Sept. 10, 2018)

Co-Defensive Players of the Week
A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
So., DE, Glen Carbon, Ill./Edwardsville

  • In a two-minute span in the second quarter against Illinois, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, scored a touchdown (19 yards, first of his career), recorded a sack, and blocked a punt
  • Finished the game with a career-high eight tackles along with 1.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and one pass break-up
  • Anchored a defense that recorded its second shutout of the season, the most since the team posted three shutouts in 1997
  • Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Nelson (Oct. 8, 2018)

Blake Cashman, Minnesota
Sr., LB, Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie

  • Recorded a career-high 20 tackles against Northwestern to become the first Big Ten player to record 20 tackles in a regulation game since 2013
  • Added one sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and a pass break-up
  • Set a TCF Stadium record for tackles by a Gopher
  • Receives his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and first since Nov. 21, 2016
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Antoine Winfield Jr. (Sept. 10, 2018)

Co-Special Teams Players of the Week
Jake Moody, Michigan
Fr., K, Northville, Mich./Northville

  • Set a school record by going 6-for-6 on field goal attempts in Michigan’s victory over Indiana, breaking the record for most field goals in a Big Ten Conference game
  • Added an extra point to score a school-record 19 points in the contest
  • Converted field goal attempts from 23, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 yards
  • Earns his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Donovan Peoples-Jones (Sept. 24, 2018)

Barret Pickering, Nebraska
Fr., K, Birmingham, Ala./Hoover

  • Accounted for all of Nebraska’s scoring in a 9-6 victory over Michigan State, with all three field goals coming in the fourth quarter
  • Hit a career-long, game-winning 47-yard field goal with 5:13 remaining in the fourth quarter
  • Has made his last eight field goal attempts and is now 12-of-16 on the season
  • Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: Sam Foltz (Oct. 5, 2015)

Freshman of the Week
Anthony McFarland, Maryland
Fr., RB, Hyattsville, Md./DeMaha Catholic

  • Rushed for 298 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries against Ohio State, marking the second-most rushing yards ever by a Terp and trailing only LaMont Jordan’s 306 yards in 1999
  • Averaged 14.2 yards per carry in the contest while breaking the 200-yard plateau for the second consecutive game
  • Scored on touchdown runs of 81 and 75 yards in the first quarter, finishing the opening quarter with the most rushing yards by an FBS player this season (175 yards)
  • Earns his second career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Anthony McFarland (Sept. 24, 2018)



Indiana and Wisconsin Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ collects second Player of Week honor in as many weeks;

Indiana’s Romeo Langford named Freshman of the Week


Player of the Week

Ethan Happ, Wisconsin

F – Sr. – 6-10 – Milan, Ill. – Rockridge

  • Averaged 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 68.8 percent from the floor in a pair of Badger wins
  • Poured in 30 points, shooting 15-of-23 from the floor, and grabbing 13 rebounds in Wisconsin’s 77-68 victory at Xavier in the Gavitt Tipoff Games
  • Posted his third double-double in as many games to open the 2018-19 season with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Houston Baptist, shooing 7-of-9 from the field
  • Became Wisconsin’s all-time leading rebounder in the Badgers’ 96-59 victory over Houston Baptist
  • Has 34 career double-doubles, third-most in Wisconsin history
  • With season averages of 18.3 ppg, 12.0 rpg and 7.7 apg is only player in the nation averaging at least 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists per game
  • Earns his fourth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor and second in as many weeks
  • Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Ethan Happ (Nov. 12, 2018)

Freshmen of the Week

Romeo Langford, Indiana

G – 6-6 – New Albany, Ind. – New Albany

  • Averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in two games for the Hoosiers last week
  • Led Indiana with 22 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in 96-73 win over No. 24 Marquette in the Gavitt Tipoff Games
  • Posted first career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds to go along with five assists in one-point loss at Arkansas in the Hardwood Showcase
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Curtis Jones Jr. (Nov. 14, 2016)

2018-19 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 12        

P: Carsen Edwards, Jr., PUR

P: Ethan Happ, Sr., WIS

F: Jalen Smith, MD


Nov. 19        

P: Ethan Happ, Sr., WIS

F: Romeo Langford, IND

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